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Busy Sunday for Port Talbot RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat was tasked at 11.47am to assist a 20ft yacht which had run aground at the western end of Aberavon beach.

RNLI/Mel Cooper

The Lifeboat Launched To Aid The Yacht

The lifeboat was soon on scene and found the yacht high and dry on the beach with no sign of the owner near it. After enquiries had been made the owner was traced to an address close to the beach. It was decided to wait for the evening tide and attempt to refloat the yacht then. The lifeboat was then stood down and returned to station.

The lifeboat was again tasked to the yacht at 9.43pm to attempt to refloat the vessel, together with the help of shore crew. Whilst on its way to the site the lifeboat was recalled after receiving a call from the UK Coastguard that a female was heard screaming near the old pier at the opposite end of the beach. The lifeboat turned back and began searching the area on both sides of the pier. Local Coastguard Rescue Team members and police were also involved in the search, as was the police helicopter. After searching for around one hour there was no sign of anyone in the vicinity apart from fishermen, so the other emergency services were stood down.

The lifeboat then returned to the other end of the beach and found the tide was just lapping around the yacht. A rope was secured from the lifeboat to the yacht in an attempt to pull the vessel off the beach, with the shore crew pushing and rocking the yacht to try and get it back into the sea. After several attempts it moved a little but it was impossible to get it into deeper water. The decision was made with the owner to secure the yacht in its position on the beach and wait for the next high enough tide, which unfortunately is not until the 4 September.

The lifeboat was then stood down and returned to station.

Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Mel Cooper, Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07814 985057 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on chris_cousens@rnli.org.uk.

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